Dr. Kristi Maas, Dr. Arlene Morales, Dr. Wendy Shelly
Arlene Morales, M.D., Wendy Shelly, M.D., and Dr. Kristi Maas, M.D.
The doctors of Fertility Specialists Medical Group are committed to providing compassionate, individualized fertility diagnosis, education and treatment for their patients.
Arlene J. Morales, M.D., FACOG
San Diego “Top Doc” 2014 & 2015
Dr. Arlene J. Morales is the Founder and Medical Director of Fertility Specialists Medical Group. She is nationally recognized as a leader in Reproductive Endocrinology and Bioethics and is a frequent guest speaker for radio and television programs. She has extensive experience in treating multifaceted infertility issues. Through individualized and empathetic care, Dr. Morales will help you learn as much as possible about your diagnosis and treatment options.
Dr. Morales graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Morales completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently Board Certified in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. After her fellowship, Dr. Morales was an Assistant Professor in the UCSD School of Medicine. She then served as the Director of Reproductive Technologies as an Associate Professor at Emory University. She has authored over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, including an often-cited paper introducing the effects of DHEA on aging. After 8 years in academic medicine, Dr. Morales moved back to San Diego to found Fertility Specialists Medical Group.
Dr. Morales has received the Miriam Torrey Mathematics Award, the Watson Sellard Scholarship for Study Abroad, the Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Award, the Laurel and Clarence H. Koennecke Obstetrics and Gynecology Award, the Berlex Foundation Resident Education Award, and the Outstanding Resident in Gynecologic Endoscopy Award from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy. She has appeared in San Diego Magazine’s Top Doctors, awarded by her peers in the San Diego Medical Society, repeatedly over the past 15 years.
Dr. Morales has always had a strong commitment to the ethical practice of medicine and has given her time to many committees whose purpose has been to determine and interpret policy regarding ethics in patient care. Dr. Morales became involved while she was as an Assistant Professor at UCSD, serving on the Ethics Committee and Consultation at UCSD School of Medicine from 1994–1997. She then served on the Ethics Committee at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1998–1999, as Chairman of the Ethics Committee from 2003–2005 in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and on the San Diego County Medical Society Ethics Committee from 2000–2003. Since her return to San Diego in 2000, Dr. Morales has been a member of the Ethics Committee at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Her area of special interest lies at the intersection of reproduction, technology, and ethics.
Dr. Morales is a current member of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (Secretary of Women’s Council Board for 2009–2010), the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, the North American Menopause Society, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the California Medical Association, the American Board of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (Board Examiner 2000–2001), Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (Executive Council 2007–2008), the Endocrine Society, and the San Diego Reproductive Society (President 1995–1996).
A supporter of the local community, Dr. Morales has made over one hundred presentations to the local medical community and served on eight different committees at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Morales is also involved in the National Charity League, fund raising for The Bishop’s School, and a participant in the 2008 and 2009 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.
San Diego “Top Doc” 2014
Wendy B. Shelly, MD, FACOG, joined Dr. Morales and Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG) in 2011. Dr. Shelly is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. In addition to providing individualized and compassionate care for her patients with infertility issues, Dr. Shelly also oversees FSMG’s Egg Donor Bank and serves as the Director of Third Party Reproduction.
Dr. Shelly received her medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University. After her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia, she completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California in San Francisco.
Dr. Shelly’s academic honors include the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award from UCSF for Exceptional Achievements in Resident Education, as well as the Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Shelly was also named one of San Diego’s Top Doctors in 2014.
Research & Associations
Her most recent research, presented at national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals, focuses on the role of follicular fluid antioxidants in predicting oocyte health and quality. Dr. Shelly also contributes articles on same-sex family building to a number of San Diego publications. Dr. Shelly is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Kristi Maas, MD, ME, FACOG, joined Dr. Morales and Dr. Shelly at Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG) in 2016. Dr. Maas is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Board Eligible Fellowship Trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Maas tailors her treatment plans for each of her patients; working with them to find the right options. She is empathetic and ensures her patients understand their diagnoses as well as the treatment options.
Dr. Maas received her Honors Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, her Masters of Engineering, and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Utah. She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts – Maine Medical Center and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School and Boston IVF in Boston, MA.
Research & Associations
Dr. Maas has presented and published research on neonatal outcomes after IVF. She is currently investigating outcomes for single women and women in same sex relationships seeking reproductive assistance. She assisted with a project investigating the CRISPR genome editing technology and her most recent basic science research focuses on the underlying pathology of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). She has published articles regarding the fertility preservation process and the importance of education women about their fertile window. Dr. Maas is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society for Reproductive Surgeons, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.